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The making of an instructor

As students progress through the syllabus, opportunities usually arise where they show their eagerness to help out in class. These are usually the first signs that alert me to the fact the student may have potential for becoming an assistant instructor.

The reason for me posting this is very important. I’d like all students and parents to know how I go about choosing an assistant instructor…

Firstly someone who is a great martial artist doesn’t always make a good instructor. The fact that a student may be highly proficient is only one of the many things that make a good instructor.

I’ve used this analogy in class before, but it’s a good one. The making of a good instructor is like making a cake – you have to get all the right ingredients in the right amounts. I’ll list some of the ingredients below to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

An assistant instructor will have shown;

  • Eagerness to learn
  • Eagerness to help
  • Patience
  • Respect
  • Good understanding of the syllabus
  • Good communication skills
  • Understanding that everyone learns differently
  • Assertivness
  • Regular class attendance

There are many more attributes, however I wanted to highlight the point that reaching a high grade is an amazing achievement, just remember it’s not a guarantee of becoming an assistant. I have the exact same level of respect for all students regardless of their grade or whether they become an assistant or not.

After all, an instructor is a representation of the club and I’ve worked very hard over the past couple of years to achieve and maintain a high level of training in a safe, friendly, inspiring environment.

Next week I’ll be posting an article about the difference between an assistant instructor, an instructor and a coach.

Any questions, feel free to email me or comment below.



  1. Dave Malcolm on April 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm


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  2. Nick on November 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for explaining this Andy makes a lot of sense pal.

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